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jelly roll

a thin, rectangular layer of sponge cake, spread with fruit jelly and rolled up.
Slang: Vulgar.
  1. the vagina.
  2. sexual intercourse.
Origin of jelly roll
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for jelly-roll
Historical Examples
  • I might make a jelly-roll, while I'm about it, for there's some of Marthy's own currant jelly that she sent me last fall.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • Spread with a thick cranberry conserve; roll as for jelly-roll, tucking the ends in securely.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • Roll as for jelly-roll, place in well-greased and floured baking pan and bake in a moderate oven for thirty-five minutes.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
Slang definitions & phrases for jelly-roll



  1. The vulva; vagina (1870s+ Black)
  2. The sex act; copulation; fucking (1870s+ Black)
  3. A man obsessed with women; woman-chaser; cocksman, lover-boy (1870s+ Black)
  4. A lover or mistress; sweet papa, sweet mama (1870s+ Black)
  5. Large round hay bales; big round bales (1980s+)

[sexual senses perhaps related to jelly, ''semen,'' found by 1622]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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